FDA should lead an effort to gather data specific to recall effectiveness beginning at firm decision-making through consumer actions. FDA and FSIS should develop an interagency team to discuss best practices and align on recall policies and procedures. FDA to provide leadership in developing consistency in recall management, policies, and communications across FDA, FSIS and state and local regulators. The agencies currently use different models (decentralized and centralized) and there are valuable parts of each that can be shared and implemented. Consistent policies are needed for timely recall classifications that apply across jurisdictions. This applies to recall identification and initiation as well as communications.
Who: FDA and FSIS co-lead this initiative related with significant stakeholder input.
Timeline: Evaluation begins immediately . Interagency recall modernization team begins immediately.
FDA should continue the New Era-supported focus on collaborating on implementing new technologies to support the timely identification, tracking and tracing of food to support recall systems. FDA should be focused on helping SMEs to implement low-cost technologies and support programs that lead to education, toolkits and practical application of technology in the food systems. Integration of systems is needed for the RFR and the division recall coordinators. Toolkits for food businesses of various sizes to be created, shared and implemented.
Who: FDA leads this initiative related to the blueprint with significant stakeholder input from industry partners and service providers.
Timeline: FDA has already begun this work with The FDA New Era of Smarter Food Safety Low- or No- Cost Tech-enabled Traceability Challenge, continue through 2022.